Spiritual Emphasis Week is a week-long celebration of faith held annual at Heritage Christian Academy. This year, the goal was to take a step toward becoming a praying community through special guest speakers; breakout sessions focused on prayer; and community service through Grace Klein Community “These events helped us commit to Jesus as it relates to the disciplines of prayer and service,” said Jonathan Fletcher, Christian Studies teacher at HCA and coordinator for this special week. In the first few days of the week long program, students heard from Lisa Ripp at Grace Klein Community (GKC) and were then tasked to bring in items to donate to this ministry. Throughout the week, students brought in shoes, non-perishable food items, and cleaning supplies to assist the ministry in continuing their weekly food distributions across Jefferson & Shelby Counties. Other special guests included Edwin Attaway, Scott Heath, Jennifer Weed, Eric Roberts, Tim Reneau, and Micah Bush.
On Thursday, the Upper School students volunteered at four sites with the GKC staff to experience, first hand, the many ways this organization blesses the Greater Birmingham Area. One such ministry of GKC is “We Sew Love” – a service that recycles discarded clothes to create beautiful new creations for children that attend the schools planted across the African continent. The week culminated with team-building activities to connect both Upper and Lower school students including board games, kickball, and a sweet treat – hot chocolate! Spiritual Emphasis Week is always a great opportunity to see our students and staff in prayer as they realign their hearts towards thanksgiving and reflection and seek guidance from God on serving their families and community.